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Whether you already own your home or are looking for a fixer-upper that you can upgrade, home improvement can be something fun and exciting while helping to build the equity. Instead of feeling, as though the only way you will have the home of your dreams is to buy a new one, think about home improvement. In reality, home improvement is an excellent option that can be done by a professional or with do-it-yourself projects.

Remember that before you start hiring professional contractors or knocking down walls, you need to consider several things. First, have you gone over the entire project to determine the expense? Are there any permits required? What are the things you can do yourself versus hiring someone? Once you have determined what you will need for your budget and exactly what you are getting yourself in for, the fun can begin.

Think about the amount time involved for your home improvement project. For instance, if you are thinking about knocking out a wall to create a large bedroom from two small bedrooms, the time involved is not much. On the other hand, if you want to extend the wall of a kitchen that requires an exterior wall being knocked out or you want to build on a completely new room, then you are getting into something much larger and more time consuming. Depending on the size of the project and the amount of time involved, also consider how your life will be disrupted. If completely redoing your kitchen, that means you will need to buy take-out or go out to eat so you need to make sure that has been included in your budget.

Many home improvement projects can be done by you. Perhaps you want to change out the tile in your bathroom. You can buy home improvement books or even attend a free class at your local home improvement store and then do the project yourself. However, if you need to change out a bathtub and reroute some plumbing, you would probably need to talk to a professional. Therefore, if you are remodeling your bathroom, make sure you have added up all the costs for the portion you will do as well as the portion the professional will do.

Before you settle on one professional, talk to several and obtain written bids. Some things you might want to look for, does the bid include removing the old bathtub, can the professional do other things in addition to plumbing, giving you a better deal, or will the professional let you do a portion of the work and then do a portion, saving you money. All of these aspects of home improvement need to be considered.

Finally, do not forget about permits or specific rules that might apply. For example, if you want to have an addition added to the house, you definitely need a city permit. However, even with a permit in hand, if you live in a home association, there is the possibility that your association may not allow the construction. Be sure before any work is done that you have obtained all the required permits and other permission.

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